UNIVERSITY of the Philippines tries to keep the race to the semifinals open as it battles National University on Sunday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena.
The Lady Maroons and Lady Bulldogs clash at 2 p.m.
League-leading Ateneo, with a 10-2 win-loss record, and second-running La Salle at 9-3 have secure the first two spots in the Final Four.
The semis cast can be completed on Sunday, depending on UP’s performance.
A win by UP, running fifth with a 6-6 win-loss record, will keep its semis hopes alive.
A loss, however, will mean elimination for UP and semifinal spots to third-running Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas, who battle in the 4 p.m. match.
FEU and UST have identical 8-4 win-loss recordsand the winner on Sunday will secure a semis spot.
To force a playoff for the No. 4 spot, UP must sweep its last two matches and hope that the loser of the FEU-UST match falter in its last elimination game.
The Lady Tamaraws and Tigresses are eager to win this crucial match to stay in hunt for a twice-to-beat advantage.
FEU won over UST in four sets in the first-round when Milena Alessandrini suffered her season-ending knee injury.
This time the Lady Tamaraws will be without star rookie Lycha Ebon, also due to a knee injury, and coach George Pascua will again bank on seniors Jerrili Malabanan, Heather Guino-o and Kyle Negrito. Lance Agcaoili